[erlang-questions] Erlang and Akka

Miles Fidelman mfidelman@REDACTED
Tue Aug 26 23:33:11 CEST 2014

Why am I reminded of Greenspun's tenth rule - particularly this common 
"Every sufficiently complex application/language/tool will either have 
to use Lisp or reinvent it the hard way."
*Where highly concurrent systems are concerned, substitute Erlang for Lisp.

Lee Sylvester wrote:
> My thoughts are simply that, where Erlang was designed from the ground 
> up to cater, Akka has been built on top of a platform that has not. 
>  There is much that Erlang provides for free that just makes life 
> easy.  Akka may do this, too, but since it’s built on the JVM, you’re 
> bound to run into some headaches.
> Lee
> On 26 Aug 2014, at 20:34, Youngkin, Rich <richard.youngkin@REDACTED 
> <mailto:richard.youngkin@REDACTED>> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm working on an application written in Erlang. In recent months 
>> there have been more and more questions questioning Erlang/OTP. 
>>  There is general recognition that many of the Erlang/OTP's features 
>> (e.g., immutable state,supervision) are beneficial.  The questions 
>> mostly revolve around availability of Erlang expertise and supporting 
>> libraries (e.g., Cassandra support just to name one whereas Akka has 
>> the entire JVM ecosystem available to it). Akka has been proposed as 
>> an alternative to Erlang.
>> Googling around for good comparisons between Erlang and Akka hasn't 
>> turned up a lot of useful information, but there is some (e.g., 
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4491039/how-does-akka-compare-to-erlang).
>> I'd be interested if anyone in this community has any advice and/or 
>> opinions regarding Erlang vs. Akka.  Anyone?
>> Thanks,
>> Rich
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